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Tyler is 4 years old and recently, "officially" diagnosed with Autism. He also has sensory disorders. We know that he hears "too well". I have known something was going on since he was between 1 and 2 years old, but no one would listen. I researched and then made them listen to my findings. At an age where others were telling stories about their kids, I remembered that as with my older 2, he should've been speaking better. He shouldv'e been able to have a conversation with us. He couldn't. It seems the more little helpful pieces of information I find and apply, the better it has gotten. I fear for him in school. He would be a target for a bully and not know what to do in emergencies. I find peace in knowing that we are doing somethings right.

Today I took him to the park with his 1 year old brother. As we were leaving he grabbed hold of the stroller and stayed beside me...no meltdowns, nothing. Quite the opposite. As we approached the car, out of the blue, he looked up at me and said "Thank you, mommy". Of course I began to melt. I got him in and start buckling his brother when he said "What a beautiful day, mommy" it was so calm and sweet. Holding back tears I said "You're right, it is a beautiful day".Then, buckling him in, he said "I love our walks, I love the playground. I love the water, the party and the tables" (Last part referring to a party we had yesterday for his brothers Baptism) Last night he laid in bed with daddy and said "It was an amazing family party". Skipping no words when he speaks from the heart. Its only when he quickly speaks that he misses pronouns and such. He is proving how Autism doesn't control him.I am so proud. If we get the opportunity in the moments flashed before we die to "see" something from our past I really hope that this is one of mine.

Karen Mazzoni
Philadelphia, PA

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